Orbán discusses Hungary RRF plan with von der Leyen


MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Vivien Cher Benko

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed Hungary's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) plan with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a working dinner in Brussels on Friday, the head of the Prime Minister's Office told public radio on Sunday.

Gergely Gulyás said on Kossuth Rádió that the RRF was addressed "but was not the issue discussed for the longest period of time" at the meeting which lasted for "more than an hour and a half".

Outlining spending priorities for the more than HUF 2.5 trillion in grant money Hungary will get from the RRF, he said the biggest allocation would be for healthcare developments.

He noted that parliament had recently approved a package of legislation that seeks to eliminate parasolvency - the practice of giving, and accepting, monetary gratuities - in the healthcare sector, parallel with marked increases in physicians' remuneration.

He said it would be good if the European Commission would contribute to at least part of the additional costs resulting from the measures.

Gulyás said RRF grants would also go toward infrastructure, especially railway infrastructure that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and higher education.

"We believe that nothing will serve the future better than if Hungarian universities are again among the best in the world," he added.


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